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Knoxville Has a Sen. Sue…. for a while

Following in her husband’s footsteps, Sue Atchley is the new 6th District state senator, reports Mike Donilla..
Knox County Commission in a close vote (Monday) afternoon selected Atchley, a Republican and the wife of a longtime member of the Tennessee General Assembly, to serve as interim successor to state Sen. Jamie Woodson.
“It’s an honor and truly a privilege,” said Atchley, 77. “It’s a caretaker’s job and to me that means helping the constituency. You wouldn’t believe the hours you spend on the phone. I didn’t realize there are that many people who needed help, and it’s very rewarding to be able to help them.”
Atchley will replace Woodson, who effectively resigned from her 6th Senate District spot to become president and CEO of State Collaborative on Reforming Education, or SCORE. State law required the commission to choose a temporary successor to serve until a special election is scheduled by the governor. It’s anticipated to coincide with Knoxville city elections Sept. 27 and Nov. 8.
Five candidates applied for the position and commissioners held public interviews last week.
Commissioners in a 6-4 vote picked Atchley. Carson Dailey, a former county ethics committee member and current chairman of the South Knoxville Republican Club, received the other votes.

Five Apply to Be Temporary Senator (including Sue Atchley)

From Mike Donilla:
Five candidates applied for the four-month appointment to Jamie Woodson’s state Senate seat – the wife of a former state senator, the chairman of the South Knoxville Republican Club, the executive director of the Mercy Health and Fitness Center, a longtime legal assistant and a former Brentwood, Tenn., city commissioner.
The deadline to apply was Thursday. Knox County Commission will interview candidates Monday afternoon in the Main Assembly Room of the City County Building and make a final selection during its July 25 regular meeting.
“We’re looking for someone to be a caretaker, and they’ll serve until the election,” commission Chairman Mike Hammond said. “We don’t anticipate for them to do a lot – just to fill the seat in case of an emergency.”
Woodson, speaker pro tempore, announced in mid-April that she would step down from her 6th District state Senate seat to become president and CEO of State Collaborative on Reforming Education, or SCORE.
She effectively resigned July 9. Under state law, the Knox County Commission will choose a temporary successor, who will serve until a special election is scheduled by the governor. It’s anticipated to coincide with Knoxville city elections Sept. 27 and Nov. 8.
The following submitted applications:
Sue King Atchley: She’s the wife of former state Sen. Ben Atchley and currently a homemaker who has served as a president of the Opti-Mrs Club of South Knoxville and as president of Giffin Parent/Teachers Association.
Carson Dailey: He’s a senior account manager at Applied Industrial Technologies Dixie and chairman of the South Knoxville Republican Club. He also serves on the Knox County Board of Zoning Appeals and is a former county Ethics Committee member.
John Ewart: He’s the executive director of Mercy Health and Fitness Center, and he served with the U.S. Navy.
Janie Vega: Vega worked in the legal field for more than 20 years, including stints with the U.S. District Court, the Department of Justice, a number of local law firms and the Tennessee Department of Human Services, primarily as a legal assistant.
Tom Midyett: Currently, he’s a consultant “with no lobbying activities” who started Southeastern Advocacy, a government-relations firm in Knoxville and Nashville. Midyett also served in the 1970s on the Brentwood City Commission.